Nurses at the bedside know that staffing levels have reached crisis levels due to burnout, moral injury and hospitals’ failure to take action to retain nurses. But even before the pandemic, so many of us were stretched to the limit, forced to take too many patients and work long shifts without a break. We need more than a quick fix – we need action to ensure safe staffing now and in the future.
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Dear WSNA bargaining unit members at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation:
During these challenging times during the COVID pandemic, WSNA is working to stay on top of all developments, including Providence’s newly-announced COVID policy.
Providence did not bargain with WSNA prior to announcing this policy. Since this policy involves hours, wages and working conditions, it is a mandatory subject of bargaining. SLR cannot just implement this policy without first bargaining with WSNA.
There are many components to this announced policy, and nurses deserve to have their input heard. Thus, we have sent a cease and desist and a demand to bargain involving all aspects of the Employer’s announced changes regarding its COVID measures, just as we would if SLR suddenly announced any other big change in working conditions.
WSNA strongly encourages nurses to be vaccinated.
We will send more information to our members as it becomes available.
Questions? Contact your Nurse Rep Shawn Reed, RN SANE, Nurse Representative at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you find yourself in a situation that you believe creates unsafe conditions for patients or for you, you should complete a Staffing Complaint / ADO Form as soon as possible.
By completing the form, you will help make the problem known to management, creating an opportunity for the problem to be addressed. Additionally, you will be documenting the facts, which may be helpful to you later if there is a negative outcome.
WSNA also uses your ADO forms to track the problems occurring in your facility. When you and your coworkers take the important step of filling out an ADO form, you are helping to identify whether there is a pattern of unsafe conditions for you or your patients at your facilities. This information is used by your conference committee, staffing committee, and WSNA labor staff to improve your working conditions.
If called into a meeting with management, read the following to management when the meeting begins:
If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, I respectfully request that my union representative be present at this meeting. Without representation present, I choose not to participate in this discussion.